Looking ahead from Lockdown at the beginning of 2021, the icy weather seems to capture the mood of the nation. So, as I reflect on what has occurred and muster my thoughts in anticipation of whatever the future may now hold, I share some observations in the hope that they may also help to prepare the reader for better days ahead.
How hard it must be for children at this time to make sense of what is happening? Also for parents to explain to them. Experiments to discover scientific truths involve gathering data, testing, and being peer-reviewed. This is also the case, to some extent, for responsible writing.
We have an awkward relationship with our buildings, which may evoke emotions ranging between awe and hatred. We may live for them, or die for them. Good buildings endure and have a timeless quality, whereas bad ones may have different excuses offered up in apology for them in every age. So, are we now entering into a new era when our knowledge has developed to such an extent, and our purposes have sufficiently matured, to ensure that those who commission and build for the present and future generations really deliver the quality that, everyone ought to know by now, is required?